On Tuesday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) once again named Banyana’s Desiree Ellis, the Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
This is the second year in a row that she has received the award, having taken the honour in 2018.
Last year, Coach Ellis made history by becoming the only coach to lead Banyana to its first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification.
In 2017, she became the first South African to win the Cosafa Cup Championships as both a player and a coach; and in 2018, she guided the team to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
In 1993, Coach Ellis became one of Banyana’s founding players and when she became its captain in 1994, she led the team to a 72% win rate, winning 23 and drawing 2 of the 32 matches played.
The CAF awards ceremony was held in Egypt, at the Albatros Citadel Hotel Sahl Hasheesh, which is situated along the shores of the Red Sea.
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